Call for Votes – Pick Upcoming Review Titles

I know I still haven’t gotten to many of the titles
requested the last time around. I’ll explain it all
below.

The complete list of everything that I plan to review
(or get others to review) is available here
for as long as my University of Albert account holds
up. (Dave will help me find a new home for it as
soon as I get him a public PGP key, but I digress.)
As you can see, many requested reviews haven’t been
done yet. Lately, I’ve been working 60 hour weeks,
so it’s hard to put together enough time to watch an
entire movie. I can, however, find 15 minutes here
and there to watch a couple of short films, so that’s
probably all I’ll manage to review through June. So,
I’m giving you a chance to select which short films
you want to see reviewed next. The options are:

Title Current Votes (when this
article posted)
Status
Wallace and Gromit 2 Need
to rewatch all three shorts.
Superman: Diamond Anniversary Collection (the
old Fleischer cartoons from the
1940s)
1 Need to watch all 17
shorts
Walt Disney Treasures: Walt’s
Tomorrowland
1 Shipped from Amazon.ca
today.
Walt Disney Treasures: Behind The Scenes of
the Disney Studio
0 Need to
watch
Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological
Donald: Vol. 1
0 Need to watch almost
all of them
Walt Disney Treasures: Davy
Crockett
0 Shipping from eBay
retailer soon
Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland
USA
0 Shipping from eBay retailer
soon
Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living
Colour Vol. 1
0 Need to watch almost
all of them
Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living
Colour Vol. 2
0 Need to watch almost
all of them
Walt Disney Treasures: On The Front
Lines
0 Shipping from Amazon.ca
today
Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies 0 Unwatched

I’ll check back before I start watching the next
batch to see what’s ahead in the voting.
Disneyland USA, Tomorrowland USA,
and Behind the Scenes in the Disney Studio
may not be a good fit for Bureau 42, and could likely
require the final creation of the documentary
category. The Davy Crockett set is almost
certainly not Bureau 42 material. The animated
collections all qualify as fantasy, so they’re fair
game.

13 replies on “Call for Votes – Pick Upcoming Review Titles”

  1. mbourgon says:

    Wallace & Gromit
    subject says it all. Some animation from the same group people here might like is “Rex The Runt”. It’s damn odd, but damn funny as well. If I just _hear_ the term “Random Pavarotti Disease” I chuckle.

  2. y42 says:

    Everlasting battle for truth, and justice!
    I’m partial to Superman, but I have no idea what Walt’s Tomorrow land is
    exactly, so I’ll vote for that.

  3. GusherJizmac says:

    disney???
    I could care less about disney and don’t see what it has to do with this site.

    • pdavis says:

      Re: disney???
      I’m going to have to agree with this. Can’t in all honesty vote for any of the above. Just not SF enough. Though I do enjoy W&G.

      • IronHelix says:

        Re: disney???

        I’m going to have to agree with this. Can’t in all honesty vote for any of the above. Just not SF enough. Though I do enjoy W&G.

        agreed… is there no scifi on tv this fall? what about the dead zone?

      • fiziko says:

        Re: disney???

        I’m going to have to agree with this. Can’t in all honesty
        vote for any of the above. Just not SF enough. Though I do
        enjoy W&G.

        I think the distinction is that I’ve always thought of
        this site as both sci-fi and fantasy, which is why we’ve
        covered Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter,
        and other such material. The definition of fantasy that I
        use is, essentially, that fantasy is any story in which
        the writer chooses to take one or more of the rules of our
        reality and change them to something else. This could be
        by inclusion of magic, as in the earlier examples, or by
        the assumption that animals are imbued with certain
        humanistic qualities, which is where most superheroes and
        Disney products come in.

        If anyone’s interested, I tend to define science fiction
        as stories which are based on new applications or
        extrapolations of existing science. Wallace and
        Gromit
        qualifies under both definitions; Gromit and
        other animals are human enough for me to call them fantasy
        creatures, while the technotrousers and the rocket qualify
        as science fiction elements.

        In any event, it looks like Wallace and Gromit is
        way out ahead in the voting, so that’ll be the next
        priority. I may be able to juggle next week’s schedule to
        get me home an hour earlier than usual so I can start
        getting into the fifth season of Babylon 5, the
        last three seasons of The X-Files, and two
        seasons each of Angel and Buffy the Vampire
        Slayer
        at a rate of about one episode a night, with
        more on Sundays.

        I may also do the Superman review after
        Wallace and Gromit. There doesn’t seem to be a
        lot of interest in the Walt Disney Treasures reviews, so
        those will be low priorities. The Tomorrowland
        set contains five or six short features that I might
        review individually if they fit. (With titles like “Our
        Friend The Atom” there could be some accidental sci-fi in
        there.)

        • GusherJizmac says:

          Re: disney???
          That’s a great English Professor defintion, but here’s a simpler one:

          Sci-Fi: Takes place in future or has aliens or has laser blasters.

          Fantasy: Takes place in past/mythical time or has swords/sorcery

          As cool as W&G might be, just because there’s a talking dog doesn’t make it fantasy. By your definition, EVERY show is fantasy.

          There’s got to be a million sci-fi or fantasy titles to review that are undebatably sci-fi or fatnasy.

          • fiziko says:

            Re: disney???

            Sci-Fi: has laser blasters.

            Gotcha. Real Genius and Goldfinger:
            science fiction. Quantum Leap and
            Frankenstein: not science fiction.

    • Trekkie says:

      Re: disney???

      I could care less about disney and don’t see what it has to do with this site.

      Adding my ‘me too’

  4. Canthros says:

    *gasp* It’s you!
    Totally Wallce and Gromit.

  5. Kaki says:

    W&G (nt)
    text to take up space

  6. rickyjames says:

    Look! Up In The Sky! It’s A Series That Needs Reviewing!
    Man, the original Fleicher Superman cartoons are such CLASSIC sci-fi works of art on SO many levels, they win my vote hands down and they should yours, too. These shorts have it all – the original definition of what Superman was to become as an American icon in the first five years of his existence as a character, brilliant (in all senses of the word) Art Deco animation, insight into American World War II save-the-world mentality…I could go on and on. See these shorts for yourself whether they get reviewed here or not. If you can’t wait for the DVD, go ahead and download the video-file-sharing program eMule, then download each of the Fleicher Superman shorts over the Internet and watch them yourself RIGHT NOW.

    • rickyjames says:

      Then Again…
      …maybe I should try downloading them myself via eMule before posting a link saying you can do that. Looks like the big video files on the page listed above have been removed, perhaps for copyright reasons? Another place that says you can “watch Superman cartoons right now” is LikeTelevision, but I haven’t paid the $12 fee to try this route…

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